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Ralph Pigman

Ralph Pigman

I was born December 8th 1951 at Welborn Baptist Hospital. When I was 8 years old I received second and third degree burns on my right side of my body. When I started to heal the scar tissue kept me from using my right arm. This is when the Hadi Shriners came to my rescue.

I spent three months in the St. Louis Shrine Hospital and was a patient for the next 8 years. This was the start of me wanting to be a Shriner.

I graduated from North High School in 1969 and soon after that went into the United States Air Force and spent the next six years serving my country. I also graduated from Lockyears Business College in 1976.

I married the love of my life, Lady Carolyn and we have three children, Bruce, Brian and Jennifer. I have one daughter-in-law, Kathie and a son-in-law, Kim. I have five grandchildren, ranging in age from 8-18 years old.

I have been involved in a few organizations. I was an Assistant Boy Scout Leader when my sons were in Scouts.

I was President of Holy Spirit Booster Club.

I retired from Alcoa, after 35 ½ years. I worked production and as a Labor Leader for 10 years before I was promoted to management.

In 1978 I started my Journey to becoming a Shriner. I joined Newburgh Lodge #174 and progressed through the degrees within that year. In the fall of 1978, I went through the Scottish Rite and finally met one of my goals of becoming a Shriner.

In 1980, I started through the officer line of Newburgh Lodge. In 1987, I became Master of Newburgh Lodge.

When I went in the Shrine, I spent the first few years in the Color Guard.

I became inactive for a while because of my work schedule and when I became active again, I joined the Motor Corps and presently drive a Dale Earnhardt Go-Kart. I also belong to the Hospital Staff and the Past Masters Club. I held Secretary of the Past Masters Club for two years. I am presently President of the Motor Corps and in 2016 was Assistant Chaplain; I enjoyed helping Illustrious Chaplain Robert Sheets, visiting Brothers in the nursing home and hospitals. I am active in the Shrine because this is my passion and I have not forgotten where I came from.

If it was not for some hard working Shriners, I would not have been successful in my life as a man, father, brother or Shriner. I believe in paying it forward to help other children live their dreams. I am currently the Recorder of Hadi and so far enjoy the challenges of this job.